Can recreational pot raise the value of houses?

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Recreational cannabis has had massive economic effects for states who have opted for it, not only that but the access to marijuana has done wonders for social issues and generally helped boost states generally. However, one unforeseen effect may be the boost it could potentially give to real estate prices. Whether this is good or [...]

Cannabis sales set to quadruple by 2021 in North America

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis sales are set to be in excess of $18 billion by 2021. This is an astonishing figure. With such growth in an industry, it is unavoidable that there will be a huge rush of people and companies looking for a slice of the action. There is pretty much an ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) for [...]

Oregon family of doctors making medical cannabis innovations

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The medical cannabis revolution is well under way, the race towards unlocking the full potential which we all know is within marijuana is on. It seems that every day we hear of new studies and insights into the medical applications of cannabis, and I for one welcome this. This is the first time I have [...]

69 Members of Congress sign letter to leadership in opposition to cannabis crackdown

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday we posted an article about how state representatives were attempting to stop Jeff Sessions' cannabis crackdown, you can see that article here . Now it is with great happiness that we can inform you that 69 members of congress have already signed their name on this bill, coming out in support of state legalised [...]

Some Trump supporters are feeling betrayed by cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Donald Trump is a very polarising figure, cannabis reform has also endured some serious controversy and back lash, so it seemed all the more bizarre when Trump seemed somewhat pro-cannabis, or more so not anti-legalisation, during his bid for the presidency, after all he was never known to hold his tongue on matters if he had [...]

Vermont’s Governor announces he plans to sign the measure which will allow personal use and cultivation of cannabis

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Vermont has been tip-toeing around cannabis reform for a while now. However, now it has finally come time to put pen to paper and legalise the damn thing, sort of. presuming this all goes as planned, Vermont citizens will be able to possess, use and cultivate a certain amount of cannabis. Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly [...]

Cannabis users forced to choose between marijuana and firearms

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis and guns are hardly Bonnie and Clyde, not exactly a notorious combination if you check the facts of the matter. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis users are, on the whole, less violent, which makes it all the more strange that the government would want us to make the choice of which is more important. [...]

Representatives attempting to stop AG Jeff Sessions cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In the wake of Jeff Sessions planned cannabis crackdown being announced last week, opposition has arisen by the masses, not just members of the public but state representatives have all stated their displeasure with this plan. While the plan has yet to have been fully put in motion, many are taking preemptive action, with cannabis [...]

Nationally legal cannabis could generate $132 billion in taxes for US

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When you come across studies like this, it really puts into perspective how regressive Jeff Sessions' cannabis policies are and will be. Trump's presidency has been characterised by him bucking tradition in all the wrong ways while Sessions' sting as AG has consisted of him upholding tradition in all the wrong ways at the expense of [...]

Sessions’ cannabis crackdown will have little practical impact and may move us closer to the end of prohibition

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their initial disappointment over the move for one of long-term optimism. “I think there was a knee-jerk reaction of something approaching panic, but once everyone calmed down, they’ve come to realize that practically [...]

Legal cannabis bill on the table for New Jersey

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Here we go guys, the revolution marches on! After California officially legalised cannabis at the beginning of the year, New Jersey looks set to potentially follow suit and render cannabis completely legal in the state. This may have come in direct response to Jeff Sessions announcing he plans to bring the full weight of federal law [...]

Legal cannabis in Vermont approved by lawmakers

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Today, the Vermont state Senate approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate a limited amount for personal use. “While prohibitionists like Attorney General [...]

If passed, this California bill could rid people of past cannabis convictions

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized pot. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It’s one of several efforts to build [...]

In a letter to the Attorney General Colorado representatives insist Sessions’ reinstate Cole Memo

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman signed the letter to Sessions. In it, they “strongly urge” the Department of [...]

New Hampshire decides in favour of legalising cannabis possession and cultivation

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

UPDATE 01/09/18 1:30 PM Eastern: New Hampshire House Leadership, instead of sending the approved bill directly to the state Senate, has referred the legislation back to the House Ways and Means Committee. Now, either the committee declines to take action and sends the bill to the state Senate or holds hearings on the bill before [...]

Canada’s cannabis industry going full steam ahead in 2018 with corporate deals on the table

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canada is scheduled to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018 and dealmaking in the corporate sector is already off to a busy start. First, we have The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), a licensed producer with 970,000 ft.² of available growing space in Ontario and Quebec. On Friday, mega-grower Aurora Cannabis announced plans to purchase an almost 18 percent [...]

Massachusetts federal prosecutor says cannabis entrepreneurs face ‘great uncertainty’

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

America's cannabis industry is reeling after Jeff Sessions revealed he plans to use all power at his disposal to prohibit cannabis from being sold. This regressive tactic could potentially undo all the work that was done to legalise and decriminalise cannabis in a multitude of states across America this past year. Perhaps even more importantly [...]

Kansas representative makes racist speech defending prohibition

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When we think of prohibition times, we think of the 'speakeasy' and other such illicit drinking establishments which came about through sales of alcohol being, well, prohibited. This is what we call 'Prohibition Times', a fond memory generally due to how far we perceive our society to have progressed since then. This makes it all [...]

California marijuana will put the state’s supply line to the test

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state’s legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a [...]

Here’s what the experts have to say about Jeff Sessions’ cannabis policy

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Days after California became the largest U.S. state to initiate regulated sales of cannabis to adults, a wave of uncertainty has crashed over America’s cannabis industry with the Justice Department’s elimination of Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move Thursday to rescind the Cole Memo and related guidance on marijuana has the potential to upend cannabis [...]

Will Oklahoma voters agree with new medical cannabis ballot initiative?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday. State Question 788 permits physicians to recommend cannabis [...]

Sessions empowers attorneys to enforce Federal Law

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department’s previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney [...]

Democrats and Republicans unite in opposition to Jeff Sessions recent actions against cannabis

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Following yesterday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision. In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory [...]

Colorado Attorney General urges people to remain calm after Sessions’ renewed vendetta against state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy announcement Thursday giving federal prosecutors more leeway to crack down on legal marijuana set off a political firestorm in Colorado, with some of the state’s fellow Republicans charging the Trump administration with trampling on the will of voters and even over-reach. But the immediate impact of Sessions’ unraveling of several Obama-era policy memos — which set [...]

Here’s what Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr thinks of cannabis being legal in California

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug. “I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice. “I do feel strongly that (marijuana) is a much [...]

Vermont House rules in favour of legal cannabis, Senate will vote on the matter next week

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Lawmakers in the Vermont House passed a proposal that would make the Green Mountain State the latest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. House lawmakers spent much of the day Thursday, with a break during Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State speech, debating a proposal that was passed by the state Senate last [...]

Jeff Sessions looks to demolish the Department of Justice’s hands-off approach to state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana. “By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people [...]

Cannabis is legal in California, so why can’t Britain follow suit?

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When I returned from Los Angeles last summer, I said goodbye to two dear friends with a heavy heart. One was a small jar of Mondo powder, a cannabinoid-infused coconut oil product I had acquired at a cannabis tupperware party. My wife liked sprinkling it on her toast. The other was a chic sativa vaporiser made by [...]

Export approval gives Australia the opportunity to be the world’s largest supplier of medicinal marijuana

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Australia’s budding medicinal cannabis sector is set for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports. The health minister, Greg Hunt, said allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market to grow. “By helping the domestic manufacturers to expand, this, in turn, helps to ensure an ongoing supply of medicinal cannabis products [...]

This Maryland bank could solve the cannabis industry’s cash conundrum

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Most banks refuse to open accounts for cannabis-related businesses even in states where pot is legal, citing federal laws that outlaw the drug and consider it on par with cocaine and heroin. In Maryland, however, at least one community bank is working with the state’s newly launched medical marijuana industry, offering growers and stores a [...]

Britain’s unwillingness to seriously discuss cannabis reform defies logic

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

There was great hilarity in the Johnston household on Christmas Day when the oldest member of our festive family gathering received an unlikely present: cannabis. Before the Met Police send their drugs squad round to confiscate the spliffs, I hasten to add that this was in the form of something called CBD oil, a compound [...]

Recreational cannabis sales begin in Nevada’s capital

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sales of recreational marijuana have begun in Nevada’s capital. The Nevada Appeal reports recreational marijuana purchases in Carson City kicked off Monday, six months after retail cannabis sales began in other parts of the state. Tyler Brennan is the manager of Rise dispensary in Carson City. He says the company saw less than anticipated demand Monday, but [...]

Scotland set to reap millions from new cannabis industry

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

SCOTLAND is set for a multi-million pound boon from the cannabis industry after a worldwide health agency confirmed that the drug provides medicinal relief for a range of ailments. Researchers have examined the health properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) – which is the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and ruled that there is now evidence to [...]

Mike Tyson plans on entering the cannabis industry in a big way after California legalisation

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Mike Tyson plans to open a cannabis ranch after the drug was legalised for recreational use in California. The former undisputed heavyweight world champion , along with his two business partners, will open the property on a 40-acre plot 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop [...]

The Guardian launches it’s own cannabis column, check out the first one here

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Today, California becomes the world’s largest legal marijuana market. It’s not the first American state to go fully legal, but with its outsized cultural influence and economy larger than France, it’s about to do for cannabis what Hollywood did for celluloid and Silicon Valley did for the semi-conductor. Already, 30 US states have legalized medical marijuana (Med). [...]

Cannabis is now completely legal in California: Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The arrival of the new year in California brought with it broad legalization of marijuana, a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use. The nation’s most populous state joins a growing list of other states, and the nation’s capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is [...]

California legal cannabis starts on Monday – here’s what’s going down

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Live music. Free T-shirts. A “Fweedom” celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour. Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell recreational pot. By Thursday afternoon, California had issued only [...]

China’s Drug Czar blames America’s lax views towards drug use for opioid crisis

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday. China and the U.S. have worked to build a close working relationship to fight [...]

British Grandmother says that CBD has almost rid her of cancer

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A grandmother who had a malignant tumour in her breast which measured 33mm says it has now almost gone after taking cannabis oil. Now Lin Coxon, of Willington, is sharing her story with the Government to see if they will fund a medical trial testing cannabis oil on patients while they are waiting for cancer [...]

Florida’s marijuana friendly bank announces it is closing business accounts

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When Florida’s medical marijuana industry was starting a few years ago, business owners had a big problem: Where could they find a bank to take their millions? For marijuana distributors, opening bank accounts isn’t easy. The federal government still considers cannabis an illegal substance without medicinal value, so most banks haven’t been willing to take their [...]

Looking toward 2018, which states are likely to legalise cannabis?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use). Now, a number of states are poised to legalize marijuana and approve other far-reaching cannabis measures in 2018. If marijuana policy [...]

Can medical cannabis benefit dogs?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Alison Ettel, MBA, has never got high for fun, but she'd like to feed your dog cannabis. Why? Alison is the CEO of TreatWell Health, a Californian firm making medical marijuana products for people - and their canines. Her rivals include Treatibles, which sells a hemp oil "for animals of all kinds", and Pet Releaf, [...]

Dutch councils looking to cement legal means of cannabis production

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

At least 30 companies want to get into the legal mass production of cannabis in the Netherlands, according to the mayor of the southern city of Breda, whose council is among two dozen vying to take part in government-backed trials designed to cut criminals out of supplying cannabis-selling coffee shops. Dutch coffee shops are allowed to [...]

High-quality medical cannabis readily available from state to state

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Around a third of all Florida residents, or some 6 million people, could qualify to use medical cannabis, so there’s good reason for the Sunshine State to be the initial focus for Liberty Health Sciences (CSE:LHS). “Florida is one of the most populated states in the U.S., but it also offers quite a diverse amount of chronic [...]

100% of Oregon cannabis dispensaries safe after sting operation

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A major hurdle to marijuana legalization nationwide has been claims that the end of prohibition would lead to an increase in use among young Americans due to greater availability. However, results from a string of undercover operations in two Oregon cities throw doubt on those claims. “I think the concern was that by legalizing marijuana, we [...]

Nevada recreational cannabis sales are consistently exceeding expectations

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Three months after they became legal, sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada are continuing to outpace projections. The Nevada Department of Taxation says the $27.7 million in sales reported for September was down from the $33 million reported in August, but $5 million more than the state had anticipated. The first full month of legal [...]

How marijuana-related businesses can stay above the board

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis entrepreneurs in California are projected to make $5.2 billion in 2018 – and the state will reap the benefits to the tune of nearly $1 billion in marijuana-related taxes – but according to a recent article by Forbes, there are “almost no banks to put it in.” With banking options severely hindered, marijuana-related businesses [...]

Meet the 70 year-old woman who claims cannabis is the key to feeling well

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Ever sat and wondered what the secret to a long and healthy life is? Well wonder no more, because one grandmother reckons that she has the answer… cannabis.   Yes, Carol Francey, 70, said she has been smoking weed for five decades and ‘feels as fit as a fiddle’. In fact, she loves the plant so [...]

Advocates of cannabis for veterans aren’t convinced Department of Veteran’s Affairs are doing enough

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this month issued a new directive for clinical programs that frees its doctors and pharmacists to discuss marijuana with military vets taking part in state-approved medical marijuana programs. The directive, dated Dec. 8 and first reported by Forbes, changes policy to support “the Veteran – (health) provider relationship when [...]

California issues first licenses for state-sanctioned marijuana growers

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Hawaii-based company just got the first temporary license to grow state-sanctioned cannabis in California starting Jan. 1. The Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis division started accepting applications for temporary licenses Monday. It issued the first license that same day to Aloha Green Harvest for a small indoor grow, which can be 5,001 to 5,000 [...]

Canada preps for $5 billion marijuana market in 2018

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Entrepreneurs are focused on the launch of recreational marijuana in California, but another significant market, the entire country of Canada, will also be opening to adult-use cannabis. Deloitte estimates the market will be at least $5B in sales in 2018, with an ancillary market of associated goods and services that could add another $20B. Marc Lustig, chief [...]

Colorado Springs may yet implement cannabis into it’s economy

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

At the two malls in town you can buy key chains and Christmas ornaments shaped like marijuana leaves. Along a downtown shopping corridor, paintings of cannabis plants grace storefront windows. Even Kmart stocks its shelves with T-shirts and mugs decorated with the signature green leaf and “Colorado est. 2012” — the year the state legalized [...]

Canadians consumed between C$5 billion and C$6.2 billion of marijuana in 2015

December 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canadians consumed an estimated C$5 billion to C$6.2 billion worth of cannabis in 2015, a study by Statistics Canada showed on Monday, ahead of the nationwide legalization of recreational use of the drug next year. Using existing data sources, the study estimated there were 4.9 million medical and recreational users of cannabis aged 15 and older in [...]

Massachusetts begins implementing cannabis rules

December 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

From “cannabis cafes” to “craft cooperatives,” regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement over the past week on an array of rules and regulations required to implement the [...]

Here is why cannabis businesses should have better access to banking services

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A series of deadly wildfires devastated California wineries, farms and small businesses in recent months. Many of these farms and businesses will be able to start rebuilding quickly, thanks, in part to insurance payouts and easy-to-access businesses loans. The same thing cannot be said of many of California’s legal cannabis cultivators who were hit by [...]

WHO deems medical marijuana totally safe for use

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Advocates of medical marijuana in the Philippines found an unexpected ally in the World Health Organization (WHO) when it announced that the use of the substance benefits humans and animals without the risk of addiction. WHO, the international public health agency of the United Nations, officially recommended on Dec. 14 that cannabidiol (CBD), the relaxant [...]

Cannabis regulators hard at work implementing legal pot rules in Boston

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

From "cannabis cafes" to "craft cooperatives," regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement over the past week on an array of rules and regulations required to implement the [...]

Cannabis lounges may be on their way to Las Vegas by spring 2018

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Officials want to make Las Vegas the country’s first city to allow marijuana smoking lounges, and hope to do so by March or April of 2018. “We’re still trying to work out the little details,” said Bryan Scott, the city’s deputy city attorney. “But we’re trying to get it right without the feds coming down [...]

San Diego’s DA plans to give back almost $300k to cannabis business

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With California gearing up to permit the sale of recreational marijuana, San Diego County’s top prosecutor has agreed to return $290,000 seized from a cannabis business owner last year. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that District Attorney Summer Stephan has settled an asset-forfeiture case involving James Slatic. Drug agents raided Slatic’s San Diego business, Med-West Distribution, [...]

Cannabis cafes and more may be on the horizon for Massachusetts

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The legal sale and consumption of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came into much clearer focus this week, as state regulators said they are ready to authorize a wide variety of locations where consumers can buy and consume cannabis. Cannabis officials took preliminary votes to allow marijuana “bars” or cafes where cannabis products can be consumed [...]

British police officers are searching people due to the smell of cannabis, here is why that is wrong

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Police officers should not routinely stop and search someone simply because they smell cannabis, according to official guidance. While being caught in possession of the Class B drug can result in a five year prison sentence, police are being advised to walk away even if they strongly suspect someone may have been using the substance. The official [...]

It’s pleasure over pay for cannabis workers

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis workers appear optimistic about their future, according to a new study from PayScale, a compensation data and software company. According to the study, “68 percent of people working in the marijuana industry believe their employers have a bright future vs. 59 percent of American workers over the same time period.” Data were based on [...]

World Health Organisation finalises CBD rules

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and therefore should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations finalized today by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Concludes WHO: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic [...]

Bay Area’s home cannabis growers must register with the police first

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A law California voters approved in November 2016 allows state residents to grow up to six marijuana plants for recreational use, but Fremont residents wishing to do just that under Proposition 64 will find things a little more complicated. Besides having to comply with several local regulations, they’ll also need to add their names and [...]

Colorado releases sales figures for cannabis

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

No longer will backwards math be needed to determine marijuana sales in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Revenue on Tuesday published a mother lode of previously unreleased sales data for the state’s marijuana retailers. “We know this information is highly desired by the general public, media and researchers,” Mike Hartman, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s [...]

Poorer cannabis defendants will be protected in Kansas City amid decriminalisation

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On April 4, 2017, Kansas City residents decriminalized marijuana possession with an amazing 75% of voters supporting that move. The Initiative was led by NORML KC, the Kansas City Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The Petition decriminalized marijuana possession by eliminating arrests, eliminating the possibility of jail as a [...]

Five months after legalisation, Uruguay has sold recreational cannabis to over 16,000 users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July. People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 [...]

Canadian provinces reach agreement on tax for recreational cannabis

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canada's provinces will be getting the lion's share of the lucrative taxation revenues from legal cannabis. The provinces have agreed in principle to a two-year tax sharing agreement that gives them a 75% cut of those eventual revenues. Canada's governing Liberals are planning to legalise and regulate recreational marijuana by July 2018. Provinces had rejected [...]

Cannabis legalisation in Colorado has seen a decrease in teenage marijuana users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected thus far by Colorado and, as such, seem to provide some added reassurance [...]

No health concerns arise from CBD use study finds

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary reportcompiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Authors of the report declare that CBD is “not associated with abuse potential” and that it does [...]

Cannabis business investment company looking to invest $50m

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A “blank check” company focused on acquiring ancillary businesses to the cannabis industry has filed registration documents for a future $50 million initial public offering, regulatory filings show. MTech Acquisition Corp., a newly formed firm headquartered in Orlando, Fla., plans to offer 5 million units of stock for $10 per unit, according to the filing [...]

Federal medical cannabis protection extension is only temporary

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own [...]

Humboldt officials want commercial cannabis farms to be limited to 1 acre per person

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The North Coast’s two state representatives are calling on the state to cap commercial cannabis farms to one acre per person, saying it will protect small farmers from being outcompeted by larger companies. However, some in the industry are saying reinstating the cap so close to the planned New Year’s Day rollout of the state’s [...]

Is Vancouver on course to become the new Amsterdam?

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Outside the Provincial Court of British Columbia (BC) in downtown Vancouver, a city regularly hailed as one of the best places to live in the world, there is a farmers market dedicated to marijuana – or “craft cannabis” as traders like to call it. Glass jars filled with the drug are lined up on tables [...]

Medical cannabis is safe, for now

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly [...]

Ohio officials want to freeze license of cannabis grower

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A chorus of state and local officials on Wednesday called for a freeze on state-issued medical marijuana growers'  licenses after learning one of the consultants hired to grade license applications is a convicted drug dealer. "It’s possible that this just looks horrible and there's not a problem, but I wouldn’t put money on that,'' according to State [...]

San Francisco recreational cannabis waiting to be signed off by city’s mayor

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday. Mayor Ed Lee’s office said he will sign the rules that retailers and growers need to get state permits. The regulations were surprisingly tough for San Francisco to settle [...]

Los Angeles sets rigid rules for cannabis

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Los Angeles is in line to become the nation’s largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year. The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after [...]

Oregon pot shops switch to recreational as medical cannabis sales drop

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said Sam Elkington, owner of Track Town Collective in Glenwood. The card exempts the buyer from [...]

LAPD captain maintains innocence despite being on paid leave after cannabis grow scandal

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Los Angeles police captain who is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal department probe involving an illegal marijuana grow in Sun Valley says he has done nothing wrong, his attorney said this weekend. Capt. Phillip Smith, commanding officer of LAPD’s Rampart Patrol Division, was told to stay at home as internal [...]

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin stocking medical cannabis, pending Health Canada’s approval

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana company Aphria announced on Monday it will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis to be sold online. If Health Canada approves the pharmacy’s application to become a licensed producer, the deal will be one of the first of its kind ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis by next summer. The [...]

Could plunging cannabis prices in Colorado be bad news?

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Few industries are growing as quickly and consistently as legal marijuana, which is a big reason investors haven't been able to get enough of marijuana stocks in recent years. According to investment firm Cowen & Co., the legal U.S. cannabis market is expected to reach $50 billion in annual sales by 2026. On a more [...]

Maryland MMJ patients relieved as first dispensary opens

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for cannabis products. Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales [...]

Legal cannabis has seen alcohol sales decline

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paperauthored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Authors evaluated the relationship between medical marijuana laws and retail alcohol sales for more than 2,000 US counties for the years 2006 to 2015. Alcohol sales [...]

Texas looking to start their medical cannabis program in January

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Medical marijuana is due to go on sale in Texas by the beginning of 2018, but this for sure is no Green Rush. Texas' Compassionate Use Act, passed in 2015, will only allow CBD formulations to be sold exclusively to patients with intractable epilepsy. Cannabis flower is prohibited under the program, and products may contain no [...]

Ohio announces who can grow medical cannabis

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of the 12 large growers Ohio picked Thursday to participate in its medical marijuana program. In announcing the large cultivators and a final small grower, the state rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under [...]

Canadian cannabis advocate calls out ex-feds cashing in on the industry

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

One of Canada’s most prominent marijuana activists has taken aim at former police officers who have entered the country’s fledgling cannabis industry, saying it was “hard to stomach” that those who spent years sending people to jail for pot offences are now poised to profit as the country moves towards legalisation. “It’s a mix of hypocrisy [...]

UK: East Ayrshire Council member backs medical cannabis

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A leading East Ayrshire Council member has given his backing to the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. In a remarkably frank interview, Councillor Jim Todd said tobacco and alcohol are more significant contributors to health and social ills than the class B drug. And following a vote in favour of drug policy reform by [...]

The paradoxical nature of cannabis laws as highlighted by The Netherland’s coffee shop case

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With 3,000 customers a day, a restaurant, ample parking and turnover of €26m (£23m) a year, Checkpoint cafe, the largest cannabis-selling coffee shop in the Netherlands, was a fabulous commercial success. That was until it was closed down in 2009 for testing to the limits what the Dutch describe as their gedoogbeleid (tolerance policy), under which prosecutors turn [...]

Sessions claims he and his DOJ just discussed cannabis law enforcement in a big way

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Even as the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has marijuana enforcement on his mind. During a press conference Wednesday announcing new grants and DEA deployments designed to address opioid trafficking, Sessions revealed that his DOJ discussed federal marijuana enforcement policies the [...]

66 members of Congress urge Senate to maintain medical cannabis protection

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Today, sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country. This comes on the same day the [...]

Is this definitive proof that cannabis is better for you than alcohol?

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you've ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer. A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis really isn't as bad for you as alcohol is. It's also apparently much less addictive. For example, a study of the drug habits [...]

How to market your cannabis business

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There was a time when seeing the headline above was about as likely as reading a Marketing Week story about the Power Rangers. However, over recent years, the tide of opinion around cannabis has changed so dramatically, it’s becoming a subject that’s far more palatable in the UK. In the US, there are now 29 [...]

Head of cannabis trade group becomes NJ Gov. Murphy’s chief of staff

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Garden State could soon become a bit more green. Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the aftermath of Phil Murphy’s election as governor, anticipating no-questions-asked pot sales to adults by late next year with an ally in the governor’s office. Murphy has named the head of a marijuana trade [...]

Canada’s federal cannabis bill gets through House of Commons

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

MPs passed the Liberal government's bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate. The legislation was largely supported along partisan lines, although it secured the support of the NDP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The final vote was 200 MPs in favour, [...]

Could recreational cannabis in New Jersey impact Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry?

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The prospects for legal weed in New Jersey are looking better than ever after voters elected Phil Murphy to the governor’s office this month. But while the Garden State is eagerly anticipating the great financial opportunities that legal cannabis will bring, some members of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry are worried that easy access to recreational weed [...]

Another study, this time from New Mexico, finds legalising medicinal cannabis will reduce opioid use

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New [...]

Number of CBD users in UK has skyrocketed this year

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The number of cannabis oil users across the UK has doubled in the space of one year, startling new figures reveal. Regulatory body data shows there are now 250,000 users across the home nations - up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year. Cannabis Trades Association UK also states there are now around 1,000 [...]

Plan for a Swiss cannabis farm to supply across Europe

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

In fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzerland. Soon, the plants could be available across much of Europe. The man behind the operation is 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker, and what he is doing is legal. His [...]

Why Britain’s NHS should be prescribing CBD

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

With vast numbers of people taking addictive and hazardous prescription painkillers, more investment needs to be made into natural, cannabis-derived alternatives like CBD. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: [...]

Cannabis adverts no longer allowed on public transport in San Francisco

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco’s public transit board has voted to ban marijuana advertising on its buses, trains and shelters, reversing its current policy. The San Francisco Examiner reports the board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to prohibit pot advertising in advance of Jan. 1, when recreational weed becomes legal in California. The city still [...]

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